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“Great museum for Auburn”

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Auburn
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Gulf Shores, Alabama
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516 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 332 helpful votes
“Great museum for Auburn”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

First impressions of the JCSM are that it is a beautiful modern building close to the main campus of Auburn University. There are some abstract pieces located on the grounds outside the museum. Upon entering there is a nice gift shop and facilities and what I've been told is a wonderful little cafe. I didn't try the cafe though. In the main foyer is a gorgeous chandelier made of funky glass quirks. It was one of the nicest pieces in the museum so be sure to look up. They have a permanent collection and a temporary exhibition. The permanent collection is interesting and I was excited to see works of Mexican artists like Diego Rivera, especially since I just returned from Mexico City recently. There are more abstract sculptures, lithographs and paintings as well. The story of how the museum acquired the pieces is also interesting. They were setting up for a new temporary photography exhibition so I didn't get to see that gallery. I will definitely return to see the temporary exhibition on another day and try the cafe too. This museum is a great addition to the city of Auburn and should be on anyone's list who is interested in the arts.

Visited January 2014
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USA, southeast
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“A wonderful university museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

JCSM is housed in a beautiful building on a gorgeous site near Auburn University. Outside the museum is a walking/running trail that winds around the lake/pond that the museum overlooks where you can find many folks enjoying the view while they get some exercise. Inside are several interesting galleries with various exhibits, a small but clever gift shop, and a great cafe with a good selection of drinks and delicious (but limited) menu.

Visited December 2013
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Auburn, Alabama
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32 reviews
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“Auburn's Art Museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

An interesting permanent collection housed in a recently constructed, modern building. There's a nice café and small auditorium for musical groups and lectures. Most unfortunately, the building faces west and the large expanse of glass windows admits a blinding amount of sunlight in the afternoon, making the main hallway unfit for paintings and other artwork at risk of damage from strong light. The museum has yet to attain its potential.

Visited June 2013
Thank Thomomys
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Small museum with something for everyone.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

I’ve driven by the gorgeous building and grounds of the Jule Collins Smith Museum on several occasions, but never stopped in. So, on a recent visit to Auburn I was pleased to learn the museum was open on Monday, traditionally a day when museums are closed.

With just six galleries it’s an easy visit. Lithographs from the permanent collection and from the Tamarind Institute occupied half the galleries. Plus there was a sculpture exhibit by Jean Woodham. I found myself most taken by the lithographs, including those by big name artists like Chagall, Picasso and Matisse. The museum also holds more than 100 prints by John James Audubon in its permanent collection and I’d love to return when those are being exhibited. I’ll definitely check to see what’s showing during future trips to Auburn.

In addition, there’s an eye catching 17 foot Dale Chihuly chandelier in the main entrance and a great gift shop, especially for a museum this size.

You should go visit. Even in a small museum, you’re bound to find something you like. Best of all, it’s free.

Visited July 2013
Thank William T
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“One of the top five things to visit in Auburn”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

The JCSMFA is one of Auburn's treasures. Now celebrating its 10th birthday, the museum continues to sponsor outstanding exhibitions and creative programming for all ages. The museum cafe, open from 11-2 Tuesday through Friday is a delightful place to enjoy an inexpensive lunch before or after touring the galleries. Don't skip a visit to the gift shop, which offers lovely items at very reasonable prices.

Visited July 2013
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